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KATHY BATES stars as campaign trouble-shooter Libby Holden, Stanton's private confidante and personal dust buster.

Bates earned an Academy Award for her performance in Rob Reiner's film adaptation of Stephen King's best-seller Misery (1990), for which she also won a Golden Globe Award and Chicago Film Critics Award. She followed this tremendous performance with critically acclaimed performances in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, and Used People (1992). Her other extensive feature film credits include Diabolique, Dolores Claiborne, The War at Home, Men Don't Leave, White Palace, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, Dick Tracy, Prelude to a Kiss, The Road to Mecca, Shadows and Fog, A Home of Our Own, North and Angus. Bates most recently portrayed "Molly Brown" in James Cameron's critically-acclaimed box-office hit Titanic and will next be seen in the upcoming Swept From the Sea.

A Tennessee native, she made her feature film debut with 1971's Taking Off and her off-Broadway debut several years later in Vanities. In 1978, she had her first big hit as the fantasizing sister in Crimes of the Heart. She then went on to create the roles of the loudmouthed Stella May in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) for film and stage; garnered a Tony Award nomination as well as the Outer Critics Circle Award and a Dramalogue Award for her performance as the suicidal daughter in Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, 'night, Mother (1983); and played the weary waitress in Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune (1987-88) for which she won an Obie Award as well as the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Actress.

For television, Bates recently won a Golden Globe Award for her starring performance in HBO's The Late Shift. She also appeared in HBO's Hostages (1993), as "Peggy Say" whose brother was held captive in Beirut, recreated her stage role in The Curse of the Starving Class for Showtime (1995) and The West Side Waltz (1995), starring as a homeless woman who crosses paths with Shirley MacLaine and Liza Minnelli, among many others.


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